University of California System

Report: University leader got fitness freebies

The outgoing leader of the University of California's Berkeley campus improperly accepted free benefits, mostly related to personal fitness, an investigation found.

A report released Friday was heavily blacked out, but the readable portions said Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks didn't pay for $5,000 worth of a gym membership and 48 personal training sessions. He also had an elliptical exercise machine worth at least $3,500 installed at home, the Los Angeles Times reported (goo.gl/meb7Mh).

The investigation concluded in September, but the report was kept private for six months.

UC ethics rules bar employees from the unauthorized use of campus resources or...

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